Monthly Archives: February 2018

A Federal Judge Put Hundreds of Immigrants Behind Bars While Her Husband Invested in Private Prisons


It was almost lunchtime inside the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, on May 12, 2008. The meatpackers, mostly migrants from Guatemala and Mexico, wore earplugs to block out the noise of the machinery and couldn’t hear the two black helicopters hovering overhead or the hundreds of armed federal immigration agents closing in around them until the production line stopped. One worker tried to flee with his knives, stabbing himself in the leg when he was pushed to the ground. “They rounded us up toward the middle like a bunch of chickens,” a 42-year-old Guatemalan worker later recalled. “Those who were hiding were beaten and shackled.”

Yet amid the national attention, one fact didn’t make the news: Before and after the raid, Reade’s husband owned stock in two private prison companies, and he bought additional prison stock five days before the raid, according to Reade’s financial disclosure forms. Ethics experts say these investments were inappropriate and may have violated the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.

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Do You Believe Her Now? The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas

With new evidence that Clarence Thomas lied to get onto the Supreme Court, it’s time to talk seriously about impeachment.

 

n the same fall night in 2016 that the infamous Access Hollywood tape featuring Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault was made public by the Washington Post and dominated the news, an Alaska attorney, Moira Smith, wrote on Facebook about her own experiences as a victim of sexual misconduct in 1999.

“At the age of 24, I found out I’d be attending a dinner at my boss’s house with Justice Clarence Thomas,” she began her post, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court justice who was famously accused of sexually harassing Anita Hill, a woman who had worked for him at two federal agencies, including the EEOC, the federal sexual-harassment watchdog.

“I was so incredibly excited to meet him, rough confirmation hearings notwithstanding,” Smith continued. “He was charming in many ways — giant, booming laugh, charismatic, approachable. But to my complete shock, he groped me while I was setting the table, suggesting I should ‘sit right next to him.’ When I feebly explained I’d been assigned to the other table, he groped again … ‘Are you sure?’ I said I was and proceeded to keep my distance.” Smith had been silent for 17 years but, infuriated by the “Grab ’em by the pussy” utterings of a presidential candidate, could keep quiet no more.Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas testifying before the Senate in 1991. (photo: Paul Hosefros/Jose R. Lopez/NYT)

 

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The White House just took action to cover up how Trump enabled yesterday’s shooter

In the aftermath of yesterday’s Florida school shooting that killed 17, the White House refused media requests for a February 2017 photo of Trump signing a bill overturning H.J. Resolution 40, an Obama-era regulation restricting mentally ill people from buying guns.

Trump blamed “neighbors and classmates” for not reporting the shooter, even though teachers in fact banned him from carrying a backpack

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Missouri third-graders sell AR-15 raffle tickets after Florida students are gunned down with similar weapon

A group of third graders in Missouri has been asked to sell raffle tickets for an AR-15 military-style assault weapon after a similar gun was used in a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Community baseball team coach Levi Patterson told The Kansas City Star that the decision to sell raffle tickets was made before the shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The weapon was reportedly donated by the co-founder of Black Rain Ordnance Inc., who is the father of one of the players.

Patterson told the paper that he initially considered raffling a different item after the mass shooting, but he changed his mind after receiving criticism from what he called a “hate group” on Facebook. After that, Patterson said that he decided to turn the AR-15 raffle “into a positive thing.”

 

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